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Dance with Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbinsby Greg Lawrence
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The first biography of the celebrated choreographer/director of Broadway, ballet, and Hollywood-a man of towering achievement and extraordinary personal demons.
For decades he was one of the most commanding creative forces in America. His work on such shows as On the Town, The King and I, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, and Jerome Robbins's Broadway earned him five Tony Awards and two Academy Awards. His brilliance with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet established him as one of America's great ballet masters.
But when Jerome Robbins, né Rabinowitz, died at the age of seventy-nine in 1998, he was a haunted man. All of his life, he had struggled with demons: his bisexuality, his Judaism, his often bitter relationship with his parents, his betrayals of others during the McCarthy hearings, and his perfectionism that bordered on the sadistic. He was loved and hated in equal parts; and only now, in this groundbreaking biography by insider Greg Lawrence, based upon two years of research and dozens of interviews with Robbins's family, friends, and colleagues, can the full measure of both the artist and the man be taken. It is a fascinating portrait of light and dark-like its subject, a work rich in complexity.
Book News Annotation:
Drawing on years of research and interviews with Jerome Robbins' family, friends, and colleagues, author Greg Lawrence provides a portrait of the famed choreographer. He reveals how despite his success as a towering creative force in America, he struggled with his personal demons—his bisexuality, his ambivalence about his Judaism, his often bitter relationship with his parents, his betrayals of others during the McCarthy hearings, and a fear of failure that drove him to a perfectionism bordering on the sadistic. Includes a section of b&w photographs.
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The co-author of the bestselling "Dancing on My Grave" presents the first biography of the celebrated choreographer/director of Broadway, ballet, and Hollywood--a man of towering achievement and extraordinary personal demons. of photos.
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